Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic combined for 69 points, but the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA gave up the game after a close match in the second game.
Irving, who joined the team by trade with Doncic, the team’s backbone, lost both games in a sortie at the same time.
Dallas lost 121-124 to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2022-2023 NBA regular league home game held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on the 14th (Korean time).
Dallas, who brought Irving from the Brooklyn Nets through a recent trade, expected to achieve a powerful ‘one-two punch’ with Doncic, who had led the team alone.
However, on the 12th, when Irving and Doncic met on the court for the first time, Dallas knelt down to the Sacramento Kings 128-133 after overtime, and gave up the game again on this day.
Dallas (31-28), who suffered a series of defeats, fell to 5th place in the Western Conference.
On the other hand, Minnesota, which sent key guard D’Angelo Russell to the Los Angeles (LA) Lakers through a trade, rose to 8th place in the West (31-29), raising expectations for a direct playoff (PO).
Irving and Doncic played an all-round performance with 36 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, respectively, and 33 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists, respectively.
In particular, Irving scored a whopping 26 points in the 4th quarter, narrowing the gap from 16 points at the start of the quarter to 121-123 28.4 seconds before the end of the game.
However, in the match, Doncic and Irving delayed each other’s shooting opportunity and failed to cross the last hurdle.
14 seconds before the end, Doncic passed to Irving, and Irving attempted a one-on-one attack, but was blocked by the opponent’s defense and gave the ball to Doncic.
Then Doncic immediately passed back to Irving, and Irving, who did not have a chance to shoot, eventually made a mistake and Dallas’ last attack was canceled. 스포츠토토
In the previous match against Sacramento, Doncic tried to score 3 points by himself, leaving Irving aside in the final match, but failed.
At the time, Doncic regretted after the game, saying, “It was a bad choice. I should have given the ball to Irving,” and “I am still in the process of getting to know (Irving), but I should have passed the ball to him again.”